Paws for Thought

By Richard Mineards   |   April 9, 2024
Meghan Markle is entering the cosmetics and dog food market (photo by Fuzheado via Wikimedia Commons)

Meghan Markle is going to the dogs!

The Riven Rock resident’s new lifestyle brand, American Riviera Orchard, has listed a range of items in documents sent to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which includes dog food, bath soaps and blankets.

The 42-year-old Duchess of Sussex also wants to market fragrance sachets, hand soaps, bath oils, body lotions, and other cosmetics.

So slightly misquoting a regular pet food TV advertiser, “If your dog could talk, it would say Markle!”

Paws for thought, indeed.

Meet the Neighbors

Actress Zoë Saldaña is our rarefied enclave’s latest celebrity resident.

She has bought a $17.5 million Spanish Revival home built in 1930 by architect George Washington Smith and then expanded three years later by Lutah Maria Riggs.

After being in the same family for several decades, the estate was first listed in December, 2022, for $18.9 million. The main house features two guest bedrooms and a third guest bedroom upstairs on 4.7 acres.

There is also a tennis court, a detached art studio, two three-car garages, and a staff apartment attached to the main house.

Saldana, 45 – whose films have garnered $14 billion around the globe, making her Hollywood’s second highest-grossing film actress – and her husband Marco Perego-Saldaña, also own a lavish tennis court estate in the mountains above Beverly Hills. The estate formerly belonged to Kimora Lee Simmons, which was up for grabs for $16.5 million in the fall, but is now available for long term lease for $47,500 a month.

Welcome to the ‘hood…

YouTuber Overshares

Actor Billy Baldwin is not happy that his wife Chynna Phillips is sharing the family’s “innermost secrets.”

The Montecito resident has made it clear she should keep the personal details of their relationship off of the internet.

Chynna, 56, has made a number of shocking admissions about their marriage on her YouTube site, called California Preachin’ in recent weeks, speaking in detail about her newfound Christian faith which has caused a serious rupture in their relationship, and even admitting they had secretly separated for six months.

But now Billy, 61, her husband of 28 years, has weighed in on Chynna’s extreme honesty and told her “some stuff” she’d talked about was not meant to be shared online.

In a new video uploaded to her channel last week, Billy and Chynna spoke about “finding a balance” that allowed her to continue to be open with her followers while “protecting their family.”

Billy told his wife she shouldn’t “feel bad” about her comments being misconstrued “as them being disingenuous.”

“Most people don’t get you on YouTube when you talk about the family’s innermost secrets publicly to everybody. Some of the stuff you just don’t talk about and you take to the grave. It’s all about balance…”

He suggested Chynna now leave “all the people stuff” out of her videos.

“People are interested in hearing about what we’re struggling with, but let’s not cross that boundary, that line of dysfunctionality and intimacy.”

Stay tuned…

No Goops Given

Montecito actress Gwyneth Paltrow says she “doesn’t give a f-#@ now that she’s over 50” and admits she enjoys one day a week of reality TV and takeaway food.

The wellness guru, 51, started her $250 million lifestyle empire Goop in 2008, and has since made herself an expert in the works of all things healing.

But, speaking to London’s Sunday Times, the Oscar winner revealed she is partial to a day with her feet up on the sofa scoffing takeout and binge-watching reality TV.

She says now she has celebrated her half century she cares less and less about what other people have to say about her…

May Her Wish Come True

Given Montecito comedy legend Carol Burnett celebrates her 91st birthday this month, she was asked what she wanted as a gift for the big day.

Without skipping a beat, Carol, whose eponymous show ran on CBS from 1967 to 1979, said: “Bradley Cooper!”

Hunky Cooper, 49, is the winner of two Grammys, a Tony and 12 Oscar nominations. His movies have grossed $13 billion worldwide and in 2011 was named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.

But then Carol, who has been married to Brian Miller since 2001, joked she felt, “it wouldn’t work with my husband.”

Clearly there’s life in the old girl yet!…


Oscar winner Kevin Costner and sons Cayden and Logan noshing at Tre Lune… Actor Christopher Lloyd picking up his Java jolt at Pierre Lafond… Oprah Winfrey at the GLAAD Vanguard awards in Beverly Hills.

Pip! Pip!  


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